Man dies after fall from factory

WorkSafe is investigating this morning’s death of a labourer who fell from the roof of a factory that was being renovated at Oakleigh South.
News article published

Wednesday 13 Jun 2012

Industries and topics
  • Construction
  • Fall prevention

A WorkSafe team is at the site in Coora Road. The man was found by workmates around 9am. 

WorkSafe’s initial inquiries indicate he may have fallen up to 5m on to the floor of the building which was having its roof replaced.

Today’s incident was Victoria’s seventh work-related death this year and the 24th since this time last year.

While the investigation is at an early stage, WorkSafe’s General Manager for Operations, Lisa Sturzenegger said working at height was a major source of serious workplace injuries and deaths.

“This is a tragedy for the man, his family and workmates. It should send a message to the entire community – employers and workers alike - that high safety standards must be in place, and applied, at all times. 

“The right equipment and training, as well as supervision, risk assessment and equipment maintenance are fundamental parts of having a safe workplace.

“As we’ve said in a new safety campaign launched this week, the overwhelming majority of incidents can be prevented.

“It takes a little time and thought to put safe practices in place, but an ongoing effort is needed to ensure they’re consistently maintained.

“The human effects are obvious, but it also costs the community an enormous amount in compensation, treatment and rehabilitation which is ultimately reflected in the costs of goods and services.